West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

“People who have old cars love to talk to other people who have old cars,” says West U resident and local business owner Gregg Thompson. That universal truth was the inspiration for West U Hood Poppers, a neighborhood event where classic car owners and enthusiasts can “ooohh and aaahh” over...
The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

I can’t seem to part with my ’64 Dodge Dart It’s a work of art never mind that it don’t start I bought it used back in 1989 That little MOPAR monster is like an old friend of mine* For more than 20 years, John and Lynn Old’s 1939 Chevrolet...
Principal Threet Gets Ready for 19th School Year at West U Elementary

Principal Threet Gets Ready for 19th School Year at West U Elementary

When the bell rings on the first day of school, John Threet will begin his 19th school year as principal of West University Elementary School. “I really love what I’m doing,” he says. “I love the kids. I still enjoy that interaction.” Since coming to the school in 1996, enrollment...
West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

Tommy Jones II was born and raised in West U and spent his entire career serving on the West U Fire Department. Now he and his sister Linda Pizzi are giving back to the city in a way they hope will help their parents’ memory live on. Tommy and Linda...
Life at CPP: Lifeguards Get Ready for Another Summer at Colonial Park Pool

Life at CPP: Lifeguards Get Ready for Another Summer at Colonial Park Pool

It’s summer in West U. Kids are out of school and families are flocking to Colonial Park Pool. This summer, more than 33,000 people will come to the pool to take a dip, get some sun or participate in one of several summer events the city will host at the...
‘Years and Tears’: Inside a University Boulevard Mansion

‘Years and Tears’: Inside a University Boulevard Mansion

When driving down University Boulevard, one can’t help but notice the newly built home at the corner of University and Rutgers. The house has a presence on the block and it should, having been inspired by the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. West U residents Tommy and Joy Welch...
A Book in Every Home: Local Mothers Provide Books to At-Risk Children

A Book in Every Home: Local Mothers Provide Books to At-Risk Children

When Amy Barnes and Sandra Ahlhorn see elementary students hugging their books to their chest after a Books Between Kids book drive they know that they may have just given them their very first book. Amy and Sandra are the co-founders of Books Between Kids, a nonprofit organization that serves...
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Friends Hosting Deeply Rooted Photo Contest

Friends Hosting Deeply Rooted Photo Contest

West University Place Parks are deeply rooted in the community and provide a perfect backdrop to take photos of nature, family and friends. The Deeply Rooted Photo Contest encourages park lovers of all ages,  from amateur to skilled photographers, to share their park experiences through photography. The Friends of West U Parks is looking for...
City Hosting West University Citizens Academy in October

City Hosting West University Citizens Academy in October

The City of West U is hosting its inaugural West University Citizens Academy this October. This city council initiative, is a seven-week course that allows residents to learn all things West U. The free class will be held once a week from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting Oct. 17  and ending Nov. 18. Participants...
Don’t Miss these Upcoming WUES Events

Don’t Miss these Upcoming WUES Events

Halloween 5k and Fun Run The third annual West U Halloween Dash 5k and Kids Fun Run one-mile races will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 starting at 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. This family-friendly event not only promotes health and fitness but also fosters greater interaction between the community and the school. The course...
City Takes Steps to Improve Beautification

City Takes Steps to Improve Beautification

The West U Parks and Recreation Department has been putting extra effort into landscaping throughout the city and it shows. “We’ve been receiving extremely positive feedback from residents regarding how much they are enjoying the new color and hanging baskets in the 3700 Block of University,” Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Susan White says. Susan...
Book on Southside Place Chronicles 90 Years of Community Life

Book on Southside Place Chronicles 90 Years of Community Life

In their newly released book, “Southside Place,” history-hunting co-authors Kris Holt and Kate McCormick chronicle the little city’s transformation from soggy prairie subdivision to upscale community. The book weaves original photos, hard facts and anecdotal lore from families who were among the first to settle in the community. Long-term Southside Place residents, Holt, a Realtor,...
Connecting with Your Council

Connecting with Your Council

If you are interested in reading an article with controversy or scandal, please turn the page now. However, if you have community pride in living in our great family community, read on. By now I hope you have noticed the landscape beautification of the four medians on University Boulevard in the West U Town Center...
Connecting with Your Publisher

Connecting with Your Publisher

Growing up, two things always happened when the snow finally melted and summer was about to begin: we put our boat in the water and my dad’s 1957 Buick Special came out of storage. He would drive the car out to our cottage on Portage Lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My dad still...
WUSA: It’s time to register for Fall Ball

WUSA: It’s time to register for Fall Ball

West University Softball Association Fall Ball registration is now open. Fall Ball provides a relaxed environment for the development of girls who are new to the game, those who are moving up an age division and want to learn the special skills for that division (such as transitioning to girl pitch), and those who simply...
Share Your Pet Photos with West U Connections

Share Your Pet Photos with West U Connections

Show off your furry friends in an upcoming edition of West U Connections. Send photos and stories about your pets to jamie@embeepublishing.com.
West U Celebrates Fourth of July

West U Celebrates Fourth of July

The City of West U held its annual Fourth of July parade, followed by a party at Colonial Pool. See more photos at www.westuconnections.com.